Training room design is so much more than configuring a space and making sure that all of the latest audio/visual technology is in place. While necessary, the technological tools for training are just a part of the overall picture. There are a variety of items to consider such as the type of furniture needed, the size of the space, the acoustics involved, the location within a building, and much more. When designing an area for training, there are professional companies such as Data Projections that can be of immense help with everything from the needed technology to the proximity of the restrooms. All of these factors and more combine to make communication and collaboration between instructors and students more efficient, productive, and streamline the training process regardless of the size of the space.
There are many aspects of training room design that should be implemented for a successful training area. The following list is eight of the most important considerations:
- Furniture type and flexible layout – The furniture needs to be comfortable enough to be used for extended periods of time without putting undue strain on an individual, but not so comfortable that they are lulled to sleep. It should be appealing as well as functional. Chair and tables need to be placed in such a manner that no view is obscured and that everyone can hear clearly.
- Noise levels – Training room design should consider the level of noise that may be generated by a given session. Volume levels should not interfere with anyone’s ability to perform their job elsewhere in the building. A nearby noisy room is an inconvenience that can be avoided with proper consideration and adequate sound proofing.
- Good lighting – Both artificial and natural light can be used in conjunction to lessen eye strain. Efficient blinds can darken a room when required and prevent glare on whiteboards and high definition monitors.
- Accessibility – It goes without saying that a training room should feature wheelchair accessibility. Not only is it the law, but it is also common courtesy. Every individual has the right to the training they need, in an atmosphere that is physically conducive to learning.
- Climate control – The HVAC system should function appropriately and should be as quiet as possible. The last thing that an instructor should have to worry about is the A/C to kick on with a loud thud and sound like an airplane flying overhead.
- Access to beverages – Breaks are essential to a long day at a seminar. Coffee, soft drinks, and water will make the trainees all the more comfortable and able to focus on the training session.
- Group areas – Areas for coffee breaks and places where attendees can gather in small groups for project collaboration and discussion throughout the training session are also important.
- Technology – Training room design is only as good as its weakest link, so the audio/visual capabilities must be first-rate. Data Projections specializes in training room technology and will evaluate a firm’s requirements and implement the ideal solution.
There are any number of training room design solutions to fit the particular needs of a company. Consult with A/V professionals to create the ideal training space. Proper training facilities are as important as the training itself.